Podcast weblog: A career in law enforcement is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and selfless professions out there. The Guns and Yoga podcast explores the intersection between the impact a first responder career can have on those on the job, their families, and the importance of adopting and maintaining a holistic lifestyle. Wendy Hummell is a seasoned law enforcement officer in the Midwest with close to 25 years experience. She is a LEO spouse, mother, and wellness enthusiast. She knows first-hand the difficulties this line of work can bring. For the past decade, Wendy has been exploring various ways to improve her emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well – being. She continues to learn and has a passion for sharing these tools to improve the quality of life not only for herself and her family, but for all first responders. Wendy is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She teaches yoga, mindfulness, and resiliency to first responders at her current agency where she works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She also teaches throughout the state of Kansas and other national platforms. Wendy retired from the Wichita Police Department in 2019 at the rank of Detective where she spent a majority of her career working persons crimes. The intention of this podcast is to add value, provide support, and share resources by providing a platform for honest conversations with first responders, family members, retirees, and wellness experts. Whether you are a law enforcement officer, work in corrections, dispatch, Fire, EMS, The Prosecutors Office, the Coroners Officer, are a member of the military, family member or anyone who supports front line workers, please subscribe today and hear hear the stories of these brave men and women, the challenges and difficulties they have faced; the wonderful programs, people, and resources available to support first responders.
Friday Jan 27, 2023
Friday Jan 27, 2023
Welcome to the Guns and Yoga Podcast. My name is Wendy Hummell. Today I share a conversation I had with Kyle Stubbs. Kyle is a police officer in British Columbia, Canada, has experience as a paramedic, a husband and father. Kyle and I discuss the work he’s doing outside his full time job as a first responder coach. Kyle shares how his own experience in a mens group coaching program inspired him to create the Nine8 program, a 10 week group coaching program which came from the ten code for backup, and is based on the premise of connection, mindset, wellness practices, and addresses the masculine archetype, something we don’t often hear much about in our profession.
We discuss the importance of male friendships, masculine and feminine traits, and how a balance of these traits can benefit everyone regardless of your gender. I know that framing characteristics such as discipline, focus and confidence as masculine and being vulnerable, compassionate, and supportive traits as more feminine, can be a new concept for many, but I think it’s an important topic to address because as Kyle and I discuss, the assignment of certain traits as mutually exclusive for a particular gender isn’t serving anyone well.
Kyle walks us through the soft talk challenge which is paying attention to the words we use both internally and externally really does matter and has a profound impact on our mindset, behaviors, and actions.
Kyle and I also discuss the difference between coaching and therapy, and I think it’s an important topic to cover because coaching as an industry is becoming more mainstream and is becoming more prevalent in the first responder world.
If you are interested in learning more about Kyle’s coaching services, check out his website which I have included in the show notes and see if this is something that may benefit you.
One more thing, I have been receiving a lot of messages, texts, and emails about this podcast and I wanted to thank you all for that. I encourage you to keep reaching out, tell me what you think, make suggestions, ask questions. I want to engage with you. Please continue to listen and I would greatly appreciate you giving us a review, subscribing, and sharing. This podcast is truly a labor of love and I want to expand our reach.
Thank you all for listening and enjoy the show.
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Kyle's Website:>>> www.kylestubbs.ca/